With the entire series of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story currently streaming on Foxtel Now on Telstra TV, we caught up with star actor Darren Criss, who plays spree killer Andrew Cunanan, to talk about his character and the show itself. Telstra mobile customers can stream The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with a 24 month Foxtel Now subscription included with selected mobile plans.
How different was this role to the one that you’re previously known for (Blaine in Glee?)
They’re different in that they’re known for very different things, but my point of attack for all characters is pretty much the same. And Blaine isn’t a real person. Andrew was a real person and people knew him, and people loved or were scared of him. He walked this earth. If anything I was more delicate with Andrew because he is and he was a real person, and the things that he did still very much affect people who are alive today.
What kind of research did you undertake to prepare for the role of a spree killer, Andrew Cunanan?
He was so many different people to so many different kinds of people that it was really very hard to track where Andrew was in the centre. Really, my guiding light research-wise was our scripts, because there’s the real Andrew I’ll never get to meet, there’s the Andrew I can kind of get from Maureen Orth’s book and then there’s the Andrew that Tom Rob Smith developed in our scripts – and you kind of have to let the scripts be your spirit guide and Sherpa through the mountains of Andrew’s mind.
Is there something that you learned about Andrew during your research that stood out to you as interesting or unexpected?
Andrew and I had an eerily big amount in common. Both grew up Catholic, both grew up half Filipino. You know I had a very different home life and the details are very different but we both gravitate towards not only big ideas people but big ideas in general – we have a penchant for embellishment. I always assume I have more in common with somebody than not. I just didn’t know it was going to be that much in common.
Your character wears a lot of Versace clothing throughout the show. Was there a particular outfit that was your favourite?
Ha! That’s a great question. I haven’t been asked that before. I mean, all the ’90s stuff was really fun and also I have this crazy hair do. I had a bit of a wig going on because my hair is really curly and Andrew’s hair was really straight. I have this sort of Richard Gere American gigolo thing that I really enjoyed walking around with, and wearing sunglasses – I just felt really, really cool. That was a cool look. I really dug that. I don’t think it ever goes out of style.
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